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‘Hope is being able to see there is light despite all the darkness’. 

(Desmond Tutu)



January 6th is the Feast of Epiphany. 
Epiphany is a Greek word meaning “manifestation, showing forth, revelation.” This feast proclaims our faith that in Jesus, God is revealed to all people — not just to an inner circle or a chosen few, but to all people, in all places, and throughout all time.

Christians believe that in the person of Jesus we see who God is, and in the words and actions of Jesus we see God at work in the world. Epiphany marks a series of occasions at which Jesus was revealed to be God’s Son.

The feast of Epiphany and the weeks that follow are a time when we reflect on several “manifestations” of Jesus, as he was recognized as the Messiah (or Christ) by many different people.

We hear about Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist and the visit of the magi, or wise men, who followed the star to Bethlehem at Jesus’ birth. We share the amazement of the guests at the wedding party at Cana as Jesus performs his first miracle by turning water into fine wine. And at the end of the season we see Jesus’ glory shown to three of his disciples on the mountain as he is transfigured before them in a blaze of light.
Worship



A Service of the Word for the Feast of Epiphany


On this Feast of Epiphany, you are invited to share in this pre-recorded Service of the Word. May it remind you that we are still with each other in spirit as the community of St. Luke's even when we cannot be with each other in-person.

Heartfelt thanks to Anna for singing, to Bob for playing, and to Annabel for reading! Thanks also to the choir for the anthem that is included, which was recorded after the service on December 19th, 2021.

Watch on YouTube

Order of Service


Would you rather read Rev. Victoria's Epiphany homily? Click here

As we. make our way through these next days and/or weeks of suspended in-person worship, in addition to participating in the 10:30 a.m. livestreamed Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, Rev. Victoria will work with Bob and choir members to offer a pre-recorded service each week beginning this Sunday, January 9th, 2022, with a Service of the Word for the Baptism of the Lord. 

Into the Darkest Hour 
 
It was a time like this,
war & tumult of war,
a horror in the air.
Hungry yawned the abyss –
and yet there came the star
and the child most wonderfully there.
 
It was a time like this
of fear & lust for power,
license & greed and blight –
and yet the Prince of bliss came into the darkest hour
in quiet & silent light.
 
And in a time like this
how celebrate his birth
when all things fall apart?
Ah! Wonderful it is:
with no room on the earth,
the stable is our heart.
 
(Madeleine L’Engle)

Connect


Zoom Coffee Hour: Starting Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.!


Let's connect on Zoom for coffee and a chat as we remember that we are with each other in spirit even though we cannot gather for worship at St. Luke's at the moment. We'll have an opportunity to talk both as one group, and in smaller groups in "breakout rooms". 

Look forward to seeing you Sundays at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom! 

Log in here: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84659181926?pwd=MHl4eUh2eDJPUXlEVHBGQ2ZEQ1h4QT09

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria with questions. 
 


Epiphany Star Words


In 2019, as part of our Epiphany celebrations at St. Luke's, "Epiphany Star Words" were handed out. Individuals received a word randomly, rather than picking and choosing. The word was offered to reflect on and ponder over the course of the year, and to consider how God might be speaking through it.

"Epiphany Star Words" will be offered again this season of Epiphany. Would you like a word? Email Rev. Victoria (victoria@stlukesottawa.ca) and she'll send you one! 
 



Do you need support?

These are difficult days. We need to be gentle with ourselves and our souls. You are welcome to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you would like to check in, have a conversation, or be prayed with. Please also be in touch if you would like Rev. Victoria to bring Communion to you.
victoria@stlukesottawa.ca or 613-698-6083


A Construction Update

Here are a few pictures from our newly renovated space upstairs! 



 


 

From “For the Time Being”
 
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes –
Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week –
Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot,
Stayed up so late, attempted – quite unsuccessfully –
To love all of our relatives, and in general
Grossly overestimated our powers. Once again
As in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed
To do more than entertain it as an agreeable
Possibility, once again we have sent Him away,
Begging though to remain His disobedient servant,
The promising child who cannot keep His word for long.
The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory,
And already the mind begins to be vaguely aware
Of an unpleasant whiff of apprehension at the thought
Of Lent and Good Friday which cannot, after all, now
Be very far off. But, for the time being, here we all are,
Back in the moderate Aristotelian city
Of darning and the Eight-Fifteen, where Euclid's geometry
And Newton's mechanics would account for our experience,
And the kitchen table exists because I scrub it.
It seems to have shrunk during the holidays. The streets
Are much narrower than we remembered; we had forgotten
The office was as depressing as this. To those who have seen
The Child, however dimly, however incredulously,
The Time Being is, in a sense, the most trying time of all.
For the innocent children who whispered so excitedly
Outside the locked door where they knew the presents to be
Grew up when it opened. Now, recollecting that moment
We can repress the joy, but the guilt remains conscious;
Remembering the stable where for once in our lives
Everything became a You and nothing was an It.
 
(W.H. Auden)

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St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6P9


The Reverend Victoria Scott, Incumbent
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Honorary Assistant
Sarah Whitehead, Rector's Warden
Helen Cathcart, People's Warden
Robert Jones, Organist and Choir Director

 
 


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